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New Refugee Statistics Highlight Need For Greater Australian Support For Africa

New global refugee statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) highlight the need for Australia to increase support to nations in eastern and central Africa, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. UNHCR’s 2016 Global Trends report shows that Uganda received more refugees last year than any other country, with 532,725 people being given refugee protection. RCOA chief executive officer Paul…

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Justice for some on Manus but costs of indefinite offshore detention grow and grow

The Australian Government has today agreed to pay $70 million in a class action settlement brought by 1,905 people detained on Manus Island. The settlement today by the Australian Government and private corporations contracted to carry out immigration detention on Manus, halts the opportunity for a long awaited independent examination of the practice of offshore immigration detention by consecutive Australian Governments. Tim O’Connor of…

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Budget 2017: Another missed opportunity for Australia and for refugees

  The Government’s 2017 Budget falls short of making a significant contribution to addressing the global refugee crisis, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. “Although the increase in the refugee intake provides a glimmer of hope for some, this Budget sadly misses the mark in creating meaningful and humane solutions for refugees and people seeking asylum,” RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said.…

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Older refugees have most to lose from citizenship changes

People brought to Australia under the Federal Government’s refugee resettlement program have the most to lose from foreshadowed changes to the citizenship process, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said the tougher English language requirements and the restrictions on the number of times an applicant can sit the citizenship test would most likely result in fewer former…

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